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AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE CQ
DISCHARGES 220 EMPLOYES
The. Automatic Telephone Com
pany last night discharged its em
ployes in the commercial and ser
vice departments of the company.
Two hundred and twenty men
were fired. In the commercial de
partment alone the salaries of those
fired amounted to $6,300 a week.
The commercial department, su
pervising office department of the
company, comprises solicitors, those
who. take orders and who superin
tend publicity and see that subscrib
ers are satisfied.
The service department comprises
the men who put in and take pat
'phones and who leep fhe euipment
of the company in repair.
The discharge of all the employes
in those two departments is taken to
mean that the Illinois Telephone &
Telegraph Co." intends to sell out to
the Bell telephone trust whether the
city is willing or not.
The I. T. &T. Co. and the Bell trust
framed up the sale July 7 last. The
Bell was to pay $6,300,000 for the
automatic plant and equipment, in
cluding the automatic patents.
The two companies arranged to
slip this deal through the council, last
Mpnday night, and were engaged in
railroading it through the committee
on light , oil, gas and telephones when
The Day Book called the attention
of the people to the deal.
Aid. Merriam took up the cause of
the people in committee, and the rail
roading of the deal was blocked at.
least until after the vacation of the
council, which does not end until Oc
Still, the automatic company ap
pears to believe that itself and the
Bell' combined is strong enough to
override the people, and so is going
ahead discharging employes as if it
had already sold out to the trust.
The Telephone tJsers' Association
of Chicago, formed because of the
deal to- gelj out the automatic, met;'
this, afternoon at" 3 .o,'clqck in the
LaSalle Hotel and organized for a
fight against the selling -out ot the
automatic and the delivering of Ghi
cago into the hands of the Befl trust.
Harold D. Stroud, former comjgjter-
cial superintendent of thesauri
company, who resigned; in oi
take up the-fieht against tke
was temporary chairman at
rne deal Dy whicfl. tae a
was going to sell out ttfthe
by including its patefttsjSR
give the trust the pbwej,46 ju
independent telephone c6m
the United States has beett'lafcf
Attorney General McReynei
action by the government s
The order . discharging th'e two
hundred and twenty' employes was
signed by J. W. Callahan, .general
manager or the I. T. & T. Cf.
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Wfbrk if 1
For Chicago and viciffrty; th
showers this afternoon; generi
tair tonight and t-ndayj cooler; ti
south to west winds becoming